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Heya,

I just downloaded the now-freeware battlecruiser millenium. The learning curve didn't seem as bad as some reviews painted it. So far, I like it a lot. However, there's one little recurring issue- intruders.

Example

Playing Terran Commercial ship (armed transport) starting at Genesis star port in Earth area. Before I get started let me say that yes- the marines were all prepped for combat. After first launching, I even turned right around and re-entered the star station to give the marines time to prep. Anyway, less than 10 minutes after getting started I have an intruder alert. 4 intruders. They kill 2 marines and injure the rest of the marines so severely they'll be out of action for what is probably a few real-time days worth of game-time. System engineers are likewise as hurt as are half the flight officers and a couple of command officers. It's essentially a disaster before even getting out of the starting gate. I obviously can't run back into the star station when intruders appear as I'll suffer EXP and financial penalties if I do. Though, I would guess that experience doesn't mean much to the scientist or commercial castes themselves.

Happens almost every time I play some ship that has marines. Doesn't seem to matter what race/caste it is (though I've mostly been trying scientist and commercial types).

What I'm looking for-

I'd like to play the game sort of like the trader, yet with a ship that's a little more than those unarmed transports. Something with ground vehicles to putter around in while the mining drones are working, etc. Marine troops that you can keep out of medibay long enough to exparament with.

I love BCM. Everything in it seems so.. perfect. Except for that darn system of handling intruders. Especially when playing a less-than-military type ship.

Here is my only real point of contention -- "Assigning marines to search detail"

Why are we doing it the old World War 2 type way? I can see where the intuders are at all times (using Perscan), why can't my AE just tell the Combat Officer where the intuders are so he can send all available marines there, all at once, to overwhelm the intruders? Why even take the chance that someone will get hurt? The BCM manual admits marines tend to die like heros. I'm sorry, but that's wrong. The #1 priority of any military type is to survive the engagement. The #1 way to survive is to overwhelm your enemy by force or by arms. Those 3-5 intruders should be facing all 10 marines trying to overwhelm them.. not just some lone marine who stumbled into the room and started shooting. The very picture of that is wrong. Even in our current car-and-airplane type age, military types are far more organized and careful than this. Heck, even police in your hometown won't go into a dangerous situation alone- they call for backup before going in. They even tend to call for backup when simply pulling over a drunk diver. Never take chances. SOP. Should be extremely dangerous for ANY intuder to try and board your ship.

I'm not flaming, basting, trolling or anything like that. I really like BCM. It's perfect for what I'm looking for in a.. well.. "space game". I know of nothing else quite like it. Haven't liked a space adventure game this much since Starflight. It's just that darn intruder system is keeping me down. Tired of having marines (and other crew) wiped out by an intruder force of half their size. Tired of it happening right when I get started. What can I do?

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Take into account that you know where the intruders are by the report of the marines or other crew member to the Combat Officer, or if some system is damaged or manipulated without authorization.

Be sure that as the men in your crew grow in experience, your marines will all converge on the intruders all at once.

Now you have some green recruits and a just-out-of-the-academy Combat Officer....and he's Resnig.... you know.

Stumbling upon a group of well armed, experienced and well detemined raiders will end up hurting pretty bad some of your marines.... the fact is that you have so few in a transport.

I never noticed something so wrong with that....

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I didn't come here to get into a debate. I'm sorry if I came across as flaming or blasting the game, because I'm not. The entire concept behind BCM is one of the best I've seen. I say that with honest sincerity.

The only reason why I act like it doesn't make sense is this..

From what I understand, the commander does not know where the intruders are by way of crew reports or if noticing systems are damaged. One knows where intruders are by way of security systems. The manual says something about that. I see this reflected in-game by way of Perscan computer. The manual says your ships security systems identify hostile forces on your ship in section 9.2. I think of how police always get backup before going in. They know that right out of training. I was thinking that a marine squad would do even better. I found it odd that we were forgeting all this high-technology and maybe military training and, instead, we split up and search and make each individual marine vulnerable. A lone marine would not just jump into a room with 3-5 enemies, no matter how green they are. Heck, the more green they are the less likely, I'd think. First few times into combat and you're scared, not courageous. Certainly not enough to take those kind of odds. I'd be running out of the room, calling my buddies on my uniform's comlink. Probably do that if I were experiened too, since it's what kept me alive the first few times lol. Chicken? Ok, I'm chicken. You first, Rambo. :)

Jokes aside.. you see.. no matter how much sense or how little sense you make of it (probably just depends on the individual).. the bottom line is this game experience is getting ruined. My crew is getting wiped out 10-20 minutes after starting by something I can't seem to prevent.

Or... can I prevent it? That's all I want to know. What's the workaround? How do I keep these marines alive and out of medibay so they can become experienced? If you want to say it's sensible, then I'll take your word for it. I'm just some old geek who's been playing games since the 80s. I just want to know how to take out these intruders without the bad experience.

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Well... right now i'm acting as merc and (i recommend you so) in order to trade, what i do is to...

1. Land my ship on any empty region of any planet.

2. Deploy mi shuttle and start trading with it.

Advantages.

1. Since shuttles are faster, you can make great amounts of profit in a short time (i got 120 millions in 23 hours).

2. With your ship docked you earn...

a. No radine nor pluto spent

b. The fact that your marines will increase their experience safely. Just by keeping them alive.

So, when you reach about 4 or 5 days (dont forget to resupply your ship with nutripacks and to let them rest from time to time) you will have lotsa money and experience to fight whoever goes in your path.

That's the only way to prevent it buddy...

P.D. There is also a useful bug on it... f.e. Lets see you have a trading route between Polaris and Earth. You go from galcom with your shuttle and loads of weapons to Polaris space station. Now, after selling them all fall back to Polaris 2 (the planet). When in planet (shift 9 to planetfall) just "select" your own ship in priority list and "dock" into it.

You will apear in your ship and not in polaris but in earth. Saved half of the time, useful don't you think so?

And finally... does somebody know how to planetfall into specific locations of a determined planet? I mean, it's quite boring to wait until my cruisser reaches 12000 km from one point to another...

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I didn't come here to get into a debate. I'm sorry if I came across as flaming or blasting the game, because I'm not. The entire concept behind BCM is one of the best I've seen. I say that with honest sincerity.

No flames don't worry, we're just discussiong the point.

If this was a flame the post would have been deleted on sight probably.... by me possibly.

However, IIRC, you don't have all details about the intruders as soon as they are detected are you?

This is becouse you detect some intruders aboard but you don't have immediate position and status of them.

And finally... does somebody know how to planetfall into specific locations of a determined planet? I mean, it's quite boring to wait until my cruisser reaches 12000 km from one point to another...

Place a waypoint there before planetfalling. It's in the manual.

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